I don't use the Music, Documents, Pictures, Video, and Trash folders often enough to warrant them an honorary place on the sidebar of Ubuntu's 13.04 default file manager "Files".

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I would like to remove them, but the "Remove" item on the context menu is grayed out. Since Linux distros tend to be configurable I'm guessing there is a way around this.

The Gear menu doesn't seem to have any options to do this:

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The Bookmarks menu looked helpful, but it still made no changes.

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(This is after I removed all the Bookmarks I wasn't interested in.)

I have also tried the suggestion from this answer and commented out lines I don't want from user-dirs.dirs, but still no luck:

$ vim ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs
$ xdg-user-dirs-gtk-update

How do you remove these default items from the sidebar?

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    @Arnold is perfectly right here. This answer there is still valid and its they way to go. It still is Nautilus being responsible for files in 13.04 Ubuntu.
    – Takkat
    Sep 20 '13 at 19:39
  • @Takkat I just tried that answer, it didn't change the appearance at all. Have you tried this on 13.04? Also, if Nautilus is being used for files in 13.04, why does the File->About page say "Files 3.6.3"?
    – Cory Klein
    Sep 20 '13 at 19:43
  • I was able to fix it finally by following this comment.
    – Cory Klein
    Sep 20 '13 at 20:16
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    Great! I edited the answer to add the comment. This makes it more prominent ;)
    – Takkat
    Sep 20 '13 at 20:34
  • @Takkat 's answer on this link perfectly works on my 13.04 x64 askubuntu.com/questions/79150/…
    – Arnold
    Sep 21 '13 at 5:15

The answer to this question is covered here.

You need to change the variables in .config/user-dirs.dirs to point to $HOME like this:

  • Wow, that helped. Simply deleting those entries didn't. Aug 24 '14 at 13:28

Go to Bookmarks > Edit Bookmakrs... You will find further options to remove or edit given bookmarks(i.e Documents, Music, Videos etc.).

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My image represents Ubuntu 12.04.3. In your Ubuntu, if you don't find Bookmarks menu, check if it's there under Gear icon (Top right).

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    Unfortunately in 13.04 there is no Edit Bookmarks menu available from the Gear icon or the menu bar.
    – Cory Klein
    Sep 20 '13 at 18:39
  • In 16.04, there is an option Bookmarks which does the same. But the changes do not affect the sidepane.
    – loxaxs
    Apr 13 '17 at 9:28

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